Word of the day


Resignation – an act of resigning from a job or office; the acceptance of something undesirable but inevitable; surrender; the attitude of accepting something unpleasant because you cannot change it.

David Crosby 14.8.41 – 19.1.23


Dave Crosby of Crosby, Stills, Nash (and Young), has died.

David Crosby, the legendary singer-songwriter and founding member of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, has died, a source close to the musician confirmed Thursday. He was 81. . . 

Crosby was born in Los Angeles and joined the Byrds in 1964, scoring their first hit with Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man.”

Crosby, Stills & Nash — later known as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young when joined by musician Neil Young — were founded the following year and released a series of hits with “Marrakesh Express,” “Just a Song Before I Go,” “Woodstock” and others. . . 


Need Free speech cornerstone


No political capital left


One theory about Jacinda Ardern’s early retirement is that she couldn’t get the Maori caucus to moderate their demands, realised she couldn’t win the election if she gave in to them so gave up.

Or was it this:


The new leader needs support of  2/3 of the whole caucus or the leadership will go out to the wider party.

Whether or not Ardern lost the battle with the Maori caucus, its members will have a big say in the vote for the party’s next leader and Prime Minister.

What policy promises will they extract as a price for their support and what will that do for the political capital of the new leader and the party as a whole?

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